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Senjem says Republicans 'not ready' to reconsider marriage amendment

Gov. Dayton has called on Republicans to reconsider a proposed amendment that would restrict marriage to opposite-sex couples in the wake of the Amy Koch scandal, but the GOP's new majority leader suggests the amendment will probably still be on the ballot in 2012.
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Gov. Dayton has called on Republicans to reconsider a proposed amendment that would restrict marriage to opposite-sex couples in the wake of the Amy Koch scandal, but the GOP's new majority leader suggests the amendment will probably still be on the ballot in 2012.

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